When Miss Marlowe lived at Portsmouth, her name was Fannie Brough and she was the daughter of a woman who ran a boarding house and saloon which was one of the most popular resorts in the town. Mr. Staiger recalls the girl as an unpromising youngster, a dare-devil willing to do anything any boy or girl was afraid to do.
Mrs. Brough moved to Cincinnati when Julia was about twelve years old, and opened a boarding house on Sixth street, which she is still running, despite the achievements of her wonderful daughter. She has since been married to a man by the name of Beck.
Mr. Staiger has met his old classmate but once since the days of their childhood and that was in Cleveland after she had won great favor at the hands of the theater-going public. Julia greeted him in an old-time rollicking way, and an evening of most pleasant reminiscences followed."
Another article in the February 2, 1942 issue of The Marion Star newspaper recounted:
"There are still living in Portsmouth those who remember Frances as a gay, lively girl, fond of making speeches, riding horseback, going on excursions into the Kentucky hills."
Julia Marlowe was touring in Philadelphia in 1891 when she came down with typhoid fever. Her face became so swollen that doctors suggested lancing it to release the toxins but another treatment was performed instead. Thank goodness her face was saved and her career continued.
Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Sothern in 1922 aboard the RMS Aquitania.
Julia Marlowe by John Daniel Barry, 1899, Richard G. Badger & Co., Boston, Massachusetts
Julia Marlowe: Her Life and Art by Charles Edward Russell, Kessinger Publishing, 2011